(Minghui.org) Falun Dafa practitioners participated in the Springwood Spring Festival held in the Blue Mountains on September 2, 2023. Their booth attracted many people who wanted to learn more about Falun Dafa. Many visitors said they felt positive energy from practitioners’ exercise demonstrations, and some said they planned to go to a local practice site and learn the exercises.
Australia is now in spring and people look forward to the change of season in which the mood at the event was celebratory. Residents look forward to this annual festival which has been held for over 30 years.
Over 15,000 people turn out each year to enjoy a day of food, shopping, and entertainment at the more than 130 food and market stalls.
Residents and the local government know about Falun Dafa, so practitioners have been invited to participate in this annual celebration for more than 20 years. Many residents know the practitioners and warmly greeted them when they passed the Falun Dafa booth.
Falun Dafa Practitioners are Compassionate and Selfless
Sue Bishop was happy to see the Falun Dafa booth and chatted with the practitioners. She said, “I have been interested in Falun Dafa for a very long time. I know it is a very good practice that is persecuted in China. I also know that Falun Dafa practitioners are spreading the truth, and I hope that more people become aware of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) true nature. I also know how the CCP harvests organs from practitioners while they are alive. This is unbelievable and unacceptable in Australia, but happens in China every day.”
She said, “I like Shen Yun and I’ve attended some performances. It’s breathtaking and exceptionally beautiful. Shen Yun is spreading traditional Chinese culture through dance and music. It’s a pity that Shen Yun is unable to perform in China. Shen Yun is bringing hope to humankind and I admire this a lot.
“I can feel practitioners’ pure and positive energy field when they do the exercises. Practitioners possess a noble and selfless quality. I hope to be one of them and share their cultivation enlightenment. I am a caregiver and I want to be physically and mentally healthy so that I can better do my job of serving others.”
Milla Simak, who does government accounting analytical work, said she wished to find a cultivation method to relax from the pressure of her busy work schedule. She was attracted to the positive energy she felt from practitioners and watched them for a long time.
Milla said, “I like my job but I feel like I’m under a lot of pressure. I’ve tried other cultivation and meditation methods for three years. I meditated every day but I could not calm down and enter into a state of tranquility. I noticed the positive and peaceful energy as practitioners meditated, and I’ve decided to give it a try. I will head over to a local group practice site and learn to practice Falun Dafa.
“I enjoy Falun Dafa’s natural cultivation method. I will abide by the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to guide my daily life and work. These principles are the universe’s way, and are beneficial to everyone.”
Gregg Mould said he knows about Falun Dafa and admires the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, “I work hard to abide by these principles.”
He said, “I felt the positive energy coming from the practitioners’ booth. I also felt practitioners’ patience and hospitality when they talked to me. I believe Falun Dafa can bring me hope and good health.” He decided to head to a nearby practice site the following weekend to learn how to practice the Falun Dafa exercises.
Gregg said that he likes reading The Epoch Times, “I enjoy reading The Epoch Times because it tells the truth and reports on real-world news. It reports on what is really happening in China. Australia needs The Epoch Times.”
Ian Colguhoon was very familiar with Falun Dafa and talked with the practitioners for a long time. He said, “The principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are universal and beneficial to everyone. I try to abide by these principles and have them guide me in my daily life.
“Many people tell me that practitioners are good people. They are a group of people with high moral standards and are well-disciplined. They spread the truth and speak up for people who have no freedom in China. The CCP has killed many innocent people, especially during the ongoing persecution of Falun Dafa. Practitioners wish to raise people’s awareness and stop the persecution.”
Background: What Is Falun Dafa and Why is the CCP Persecuting It?
Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) was first introduced to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in Changchun, China, in 1992. The spiritual discipline is now practiced in over 100 countries and regions worldwide.
Millions of people who have embraced the teachings, which are based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, and have learned the five exercises have experienced improved health and well-being.
Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), perceived the spiritual discipline’s growing popularity as a threat to the CCP’s atheistic ideology, and on July 20, 1999, he issued an order to eradicate the practice.
Under Jiang’s personal direction, the CCP established the 610 Office, an extralegal security organisation with the power to override the police and judicial systems and whose sole function is to carry out the persecution of Falun Dafa.
Minghui.org has confirmed the deaths of thousands of practitioners as a result of the persecution over the past 24 years. The actual number is believed to be much higher. Countless practitioners have been imprisoned and tortured for their faith.
There is concrete evidence that the CCP sanctions the harvesting of organs from detained practitioners, who are murdered to supply China’s organ transplant industry.
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